Appointments – July 2023

Who are the most recent appointments as directors and C-levels in the Benelux?


Frank Eijsink

Frank Eijsink new CEO International Insurance of NN Group as of 1 September 2023.

Frank has 20 years’ experience of international leadership and business insurance and finance knowledge. He has held several senior positions, including Head of Finance Strategy of NN Insurance Europe, CEO of NN Turkey, CEO of NN Life Japan and CEO of NN Life Belgium.

In his new role, Frank will be responsible for NN’s international insurance businesses in Europe.



Thom Mallant

Thom Mallant appointed CEO Allianz Nederland & Head of P&C activities Allianz Benelux.

Thom has 20 years experience at Allianz. After having occupied several management positions, in 2009, he became CEO of London Insurance and in 2014, he became General Manager P&C Branch Office. He has combined this role with that of Claims Sales Director, and from 2021, with that of Business Director. He was also involved in the Dutch Association of Insurers for several years.


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Jérôme Carré

Jérôme Carré appointed Director of Finance & Risk of Ageas Re.

Jérôme brings over three decades of industry experience towards his new role. He has previous experience as Chief Actuary at AXA Re and Chief Risk Officer at Paris Re.



Arnaud Le Boulengé

Arnaud Le Boulengé appointed Director Corporate Underwriting of Ageas Re.

He will be responsible for underwriting quality, best practices, portfolio steering and accumulation control. He was previously General Manager of the Belgian Branch at SiriusPoint.




Jacques de Vaucleroy

Jacques de Vaucleroy to be appointed to the presidency of Swiss Re.

The Belgian was submitted as a candidate for the position of Chairman of the reinsurance group by the Governance and Nominations Committee. Until now, he has held the position on an interim basis, following Sergio Ermotti’s departure. His application will be reviewed by shareholders at the next Annual General Meeting in April 2024.

Jacques has over 25 years’ experience with ING in banking, asset management and insurance. From 2006 to 2009, he was a member of the Group’s Management Board. He then joined Axa to head up the Northern, Central and Eastern Europe division. In 2017, he joined Swiss Re.





Appointments – June 2023

Who are the most recent appointments as directors and C-levels in Belux? 



Sabine Wuiame

Sabine Wuiame has been appointed Advisor to the CEO of Axa Belgium and CEO of Axa Holdings Belgium, succeeding Stéphane Slits. After graduating in Actuarial Science, Sabine has held several management positions at PwC, at Assuralia as Risk & Finance Director and at Belfius Insurance as Chief Risk Officer.  From 2011 to 2016, Sabine was a member of the Board of Directors of Swiss Life France.  She then joined Axa as CRO until 2020, before becoming CFO. During this period, she was responsible for implementing IFRS 17, strengthening reporting and preparing the 2026 strategic plan.

As Advisor to the CEO, Sabine will be responsible for strategic missions in Belgium and internationally as part of the implementation of the 2026 strategic plan.



Antoine Boyer de la Giroday

Antoine Boyer de la Giroday appointed Chief Financial Officer, succeeding Sabine Wuiame.

Holding a double degree in Physics and Civil Engineering, Antoine began his career with McKinsey & Company, where he completed various insurance assignments over a period of 4 years. In 2015, he joined Axa and worked in the Finance and Life Business Unit teams. Five years later, he became Head of Group Management Control. Since 2022, he has been Chief Life & Health Officer of Axa Belgium.

He also joins the Board of Directors of Axa Belgium.


Ann Brands

Ann Brands appointed Chief Officer Retail.

Graduated in Actuarial Science, Ann was Chief Operations Officer and has been a member of the Board of Directors and the Management Committee since 2016. As Chief Officer Retail, Ann will be responsible for the Family & Protection (banking and non-life insurance), Housing and Digital segments.






Appointments – May 2023

Who are the most recent appointments as directors and C-levels in Belux? May was a quiet month.



Dewi Van De Vyver

Dewi Van De Vyver joins the Board of Directors of Ethias, succeeding Anne-Marie Seeuws.

Graduated from several trainings in digital transformation and ICT management and holding a master’s degree in European Law and Economics from the University of Ghent, she is CEO of Flow Pilots, a company developing apps and software for businesses.

With her numerous digital skills and as ICT Woman of the Year in 2020, Dewi will bring new skills to the board, especially in the field of sustainability and corporate social responsibility.


Appointments – April 2023

Who are the most recent appointments as directors and C-levels in Belux? April was a particularly quiet month.


Marc De Ceuster

Marc De Ceuster is appointed new member of the Board of Directors of KBC Group, on proposition of the Board of Directors to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders.

Additionally, he will be the President of the Audit Committee of the Group.

Marc holds a Ph.D. in Applied Economics and a law degree and is a professor of Financial Economics. For 4 years, Marc was a part-time Risk Management Manager at Deloitte.

In 2009, he had an advisory position on the Board of Directors, before becoming director of KBC Group. He then became an independent director of Arkea Direct Bank. At the end of 2019, he joined the board of Almancora Beheersmaatschappij as an independent director, where he first became chairman of the Audit Committee and then chairman of the Board of Directors and the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.


Raf Sels

Raf Sels is also appointed new member of the Board of Directors.

Raf Sels holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting and Taxation and is a certified tax accountant. In 2016, he became CEO of SBB Accountants & Advisors. Since 2022, he has been CEO of Maatschappij voor Roerend Bezit van de Boerenbond (MRBB).




Marc Bourgeois and Griet Smaers have both been appointed regents of the National Bank of Belgium.

They succeed Mia De Schamphelaere and Estelle Cantillon. Following the General Meeting of 15 May, they will sit on the bank’s Board of Regents for a three-year term.

This board is composed of 14 regents, as well as the governor, the vice-governor and the directors.

Marc Bourgeois

Graduated from a master’s degree in Law and professor of tax law and public finance, Marc Bourgeois is an expert in the field of tax regionalisation, fiscal federalism and the distinction between tax fraud and tax evasion.




Griet Smaers

Griet Smaers, graduated from a master’s degree in Law and currently alderwoman in Geel, was a Flemish MP and member of parliament.






Appointments – March 2023

Who are the most recent appointments as directors and C-levels in Belux? This month, three new appointments took place in Luxembourg.


Michele Grosso

As CEO of Democrance, an international insurtech, Michele Grosso joined the Board of Directors of Microinsurance Network in Luxembourg. Microinsurance Network is a non-profit association promoting the development of insurance products to less privileged populations.

In his career, Michele has worked within leading consulting, financial and insurance compagnies such as AXA, BNP Paribas and PWC.


Christine Theodorovics

Christine Theodorovics has been appointed CEO of Baloise Luxembourg. She succeeds Romain Braas. In addition to her new position, the Board of Directors suggested that Christine took over the responsibilities of Baloise Assurances and Baloise Vie Luxembourg.

Holding a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Vienna and a PhD from the University of Gloucestershire, she started her career in the insurance sector by joining Swiss Life as Head of Operational Excellence. She then joined Zurich Insurance, where she headed Zurich Deutschland. After that, she moved to AXA Group as Chief Strategy Officer for the Italian, German and Belgian markets.

Christine is also a member of the supervisory board of Athora Deutschland and Hansard Global Plc.


Bart De Smet

Bart De Smet has been appointed Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee, which was set up on the initiative of the FSMA, the FEB and Euronext Brussels. He succeeds Thomas Leysen.

Graduated with a degree in Actuarial Science and a postgraduate degree in Managerial Science, Bart De Smet has a considerable experience in corporate governance. Indeed, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Commission since 2016, is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ageas, is a member of the Board of Directors of GUBERNA and is Chairman of the FEB.


Christian Strasser

Christian Strasser, current CEO of Lalux, has been appointed Chairman of the professional association of Luxembourg insurers and reinsurers for a two-year term. He succeeds Marc Lauer.

Christian started his career at Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (BIL) and joined its management committee in 2010. Five years later, he joined Lalux. Christian had already been Chairman of the association from 20108 to 2020.